Be Ridiculously Ambitious.
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” Michelangelo
I remember looking up at the ceiling of the Sistine chapel in total awe.
The sheer scale is difficult to describe. The detail. The intricate beauty.
How does one even begin such an incredible project?
Absolute genius was obviously at work.
But an interesting thought came to my mind, what if Michelangelo declined?
What if he thought it was too big a task?
Well if you know history, he almost did.
When originally commissioned, he was intimidated.
He thought he was more of a sculpter than a painter.
He conspired that this was a plan of his enemies to bring him down.
Potentially this project could be a distraction from his major marble sculptures that had preoccupied him for the previous few years.
If we pause the story here we can all relate with Michelangelo, at least to some extent.
Sometimes our vision for our lives seems too big. Some form of conspiracy to see us fail. We just don’t imagine us ever becoming that successful.
So we shelve our talents and ideas. We aim and shoot low.
What if Michelangelo followed suit?
One of his greatest achievements that generations have enjoyed would never have existed.
He could of set a lower goal and reached it.
I’m sure glad he dreamed big, and achieved it.
I sincerely believe that art is systematically destroyed every day on mammoth proportions.
Beautiful ideas, ambitious dreams, life changing ventures and world defining art is considered too… difficult.
Maybe its time for you pick up your paintbrush, or whatever your art looks like in your life, and dream big.
Don’t settle for mediorcrity.
Dream outrageously big.
Be ridiculously ambitious.
In doing so you might just create something the will shape this world for generations to come.
You may never reach the dazzling heights of success that your dreamt about.
This does not matter.
Because you were never going to reach it anyway before you tried.
You really have nothing to lose.
You could actually have everything to gain.
So why don’t you just…
“Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you’ll land among the stars” Les Brown.
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